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When some people are delusional, they falsely believe they’re God or are supernatural. Other delusional people falsely think somebody is persecuting them, cheating them, knows their thoughts; or they may believe insects, lice, or worms are living inside of them. But if and when they ever recover from their delusion —when they heal, they become content. That is what Jeremiah said would eventually happen to the people of Israel. He saw the day when his people would abandon their false beliefs and embrace the truth that leads to peace and joy. Here’s how the prophet Jeremiah described dialogue between God and his once deluded people in that day: (Jeremiah Chapter 3) God says, “You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband. …You chose crooked paths and forgot the Lord your God.” Yet despite that, God says to his deluded wayward children, “Come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” His people will finally say, “Yes, we’re coming, for you are the Lord our God. Our worship of idols on the hills and our religious orgies on the mountains are a delusion.” The people finally realized they had been deluded and were looking for joy and success in the wrong way and in the wrong places. At last they realized what St. Augustine said later: “You, O Lord, have made us for yourself and our spirits are restless until they find rest in You.”

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